Towson Trills to appear in prime time TV 'Holiday Spectacular'

By Sean Welsh on Dec. 17, 2018

TU a cappella group will appear on WBAL-TV.

The Towson Trills will be featured on WBAL TV
The Towson Trills recorded their holiday performance at the Auburn House at TU.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and that's great, because All I Want For Christmas is a Towson Trills holiday performance.

This week, TU's a cappella group, the Towson Trills, will perform two holiday classics before a primetime audience, when the group of seven Towson University students appears on WBAL's holiday show, "Season to Celebrate: Home for the Holidays."

The first airing of the show is at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. It will air again throughout the holiday season on Baltimore-area stations.

The program won an Emmy last year, and this year's version has been expanded to a full hour. The Towson Trills have an expanded role, too.

The Towson Trills recorded two songs for the program — Santa Claus is Coming to Town and All I Want For Christmas — at a WBAL TV studio.

The videos for the tracks were filmed inside the Auburn House last month.


It has been a busy month for the group. In early December, they hosted a concert at the University Union including a cappella groups from other campuses.

After the start of the New Year, the Towson Trills will participate in the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella competition.

So, who are these real life Pitch Perfect-like stars that represent TU? Leroy Hyson, Aaron Bayne, Katie Sacha, William Damanka, Harmony Reichert, Nick Zuelsdorf and Missy Melkonian.

The television air dates for their performance:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. » WBAL-TV
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 5 p.m. » WBAL-TV
  • Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. » WBAL-TV
  • Sunday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m. » MeTV Baltimore
  • Monday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. » WBAL-TV
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, 9 p.m. » MeTV Baltimore
  • Sunday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m. » WBAL-TV

You can now view the special online.

This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel’s priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland.